ERIC Number: EJ722639
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Testing the Home Literacy Model: Parent Involvement in Kindergarten Is Differentially Related to Grade 4 Reading Comprehension, Fluency, Spelling, and Reading for Pleasure
Scientific Studies of Reading, v10 n1 p59-87 2006
This study examines the longitudinal relations among early literacy experiences at home and children's kindergarten literacy skills, Grade 1 word reading and spelling skills, and Grade 4 reading comprehension, fluency, spelling, and reading for pleasure. Ninety French-speaking children were tested at the end of kindergarten and Grade 1, and 65 were followed until the end of Grade 4. Parents reported in kindergarten that storybook reading occurred frequently and that they sometimes taught their child to read words. The results of hierarchical regression analyses that controlled for parent education as well as concurrent and longitudinal relations among literacy behaviors reveal that parent teaching about literacy in kindergarten directly predicted kindergarten alphabet knowledge and Grade 4 reading fluency, whereas storybook exposure directly predicted kindergarten vocabulary and the frequency with which children reported reading for pleasure in Grade 4. Moreover, storybook exposure predicted Grade 4 reading comprehension indirectly. These findings extend the Home Literacy Model proposed by Senechal and LeFevre (2002).
Descriptors: Grade 1, Grade 4, Kindergarten, Spelling, Reading Comprehension, Reading Fluency, Emergent Literacy, Parents as Teachers, Reading Skills, Literacy Education, French, Story Reading, Recreational Reading, Parent Influence
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 1; Grade 4; Kindergarten
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